6 Tips to Pack Your Living Room Like a Pro
What’s in your living room? DVDs, CDs, CDs, and the family computer? Most people have various items in their living room, from electronics to photo albums and candles. In this article, we’ll provide tips for packing your living room.
1. Gather the Right Materials
Gather the packing supplies you will need to pack your living room items. Here are some suggestions:
- Boxes in a range of sizes
- Permanent markers
- Packing tape
- Packing paper
- Packing peanuts
- Bubble wrap
- Art boxes for framed pictures
- Furniture pads (unless your moving company will be supplying these for you)
If your living room contains electronics, you may have the original boxes that the electronics came in. Use the original boxes whenever possible.
Declutter your living room before packing. Go through baskets, bookshelves, drawers, and desks to eliminate anything you haven’t used in two years or more. When decluttering, try to give items away or recycle items before throwing anything away.
If you are discarding something like technology, contact your sanitation department to find out if you can dispose of it safely in your trash or if there is a recycling center nearby. Some types of technology, like anything with a battery, may not be safe to throw away. If this is the case, your sanitation department will have advice on how to dispose of these items.
3. Take a Video as You Disconnect
Getting new technology hooked up can be frustrating and confusing. Take videos of yourself packing your stereo and other electronics. This way, you’ll record how you had it set up. Then, when it’s time to reconnect the technology in your new house, watch the video and do the reverse.
4. Wrap and Pack Lamps Carefully
Lamps are easily broken and often come in strange shapes that may not fit in standard boxes. To pack a lamp
- Start by unplugging it and removing the shade.
- Give the shade its own box and wrap it carefully in bubble wrap, then lay it in a box of packing peanuts.
- Unscrew the light bulb and wrap it in bubble wrap, then place the bulb inside the shade.
- Wrap the lamp’s base in more bubble wrap, then place the base in packing peanuts.
- Label the boxes to indicate that each one contains half of the same lamp to prevent the boxes from being separated.
5. Pack Knick Knacks in Small Boxes
Wrap knick-knacks individually and pack them in smaller cartons. Knick-knacks may seem light— until you pack many of them into one big box.
The same thing applies to anything heavy, like books. Use small cartons to make them more manageable.
6. Hire the Right Moving Company
Do you want help packing your living room? Hire a full-service moving company with a reputation for good customer service, careful relocation practices, and transparent billing practices. Your full-service moving company can get the packing done for you, leaving you time to manage the other aspects of your relocation.
Contact us today for a free quote.